Need to put up a wall? You may think that putting up drywall is pretty simple, but it does actually take some knowledge and skill. It is not that difficult but its more than just nailing in dry wall if you know what I mean. The following instructions will allow you to have a successful drywalling experience.
You can get most of these supplies from your local hardware supply store or home improvement store. If you want several home improvement stores have suggestions and tips they offer online too.
How many of these tools and how much dry wall you need will depend on the size of the room and what you are trying to do.
- first you will need to sand down all the walls until they are completely smooth then you need to remove any dust with a dry clean cloth
- You will need to fill any holes in the walls with plaster. You do this by using the scraper applying the putty and then patching it where necessary. In some cases you will have to add more than one coat of plaster.
- You don’t want to start drywalling until you have prepared the whole room. After filling holes you need to sand the walls again and then wash every wall down to remove dust. Then you can drywall with your Drywall Contractor near me.
- Wait until its dry and then you can paint your drywall.
There are many cases where your walls need more than just drywalling. You may need to repair them, or you may just want to drywall damaged areas. Before deciding on what to do you should consult with a professional to decide if this is the option for you.
To avoid major problems or major work projects you should fix problems as they come up and not when they are in such a state of disrepair that it takes too long to repair them. If the walls are rotted, broken or smashed, then you probably need to think of hiring a professional.
Sometimes going the cheaper method does not end up being the cheapest method. It can end up being more expensive if it turns out wrong, than if you hired a professional. To get a good quote, get several proposals from many different providers.
I’m sure at one time or another you made a small hole in drywall you regretted. Maybe it was as innocent as hanging up a picture and realizing it was in the wrong place or totally intentional but needs to be repaired before you move out. Either way you’re in luck because small drywall holes are very easy to fix. They require some patience but in the end you’ll be surprised at what you can do and hopefully move on to bigger projects.
For our purposes a small hole will be defined as nothing bigger than a half an inch:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Drop cloth
- Clean rag
- Dust mask
- A bottle of water
- Drywall compound
- Drywall sanding sponge with sand paper
- Utility knife
- Four inch wide putty knife
- Lay out the drop cloth below the work space. This is not a messy job but catching falling drywall fragments or dust early only makes the clean up easier.
- Clean out the hole and its edges shaving away any debris jutting out from the surface. It doesn’t have to be spotless but good enough for the drywall compound to stick.
- Make a small indentation around the edge of the hole so the drywall compound will settle evenly.
- First coat of drywall compound: The objective is to make the patch slightly higher than the actual wall. With a few strokes apply the first coat of drywall compound no more than 1/8th of an inch thick. If it’s any thicker it will be hard to smooth and may crack when drying. On application, adding water will soften it up allowing you to remove some.
- Allow to dry over night.
- At this point you have the option to finely sand the area but just a little. For larger protrusions that may have solidified use the putty knife to scrape them away.
- Apply second coat doing the same as above and allow drying.
- Finely sand the area making it level with the surrounding wall. For larger protrusions which may have solidified use the putty knife to scrape them away.
- After the work is complete the patch needs to be primed.
- After the primer is dry paint the patch a matching color as the rest of the wall.